How Does cPanel Website Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you growing baffled? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: A complete absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...